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'Magic Mike' Star Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Channing Tatum, Will Smith

Jade Walker | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
No question: Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays a club owner in "Magic Mike XXL," "had a ball" while making the movie, as she told TODAY Wednesday.

Tim McGraw Awards Mortgage-Free Houses To Military Veterans

Jade Walker | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
Country superstar Tim McGraw continues to make military veterans feel at home in a spectacular way: by awarding them and their families mortgage-free houses.

Ferry Capsizes In Central Philippines; Dozens Dead

Jade Walker | July 2, 2015 | World
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said. They said at least 118 passengers of the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by nearby...

Sonia Manzano, Maria On ‘Sesame Street,' To Retire After 44 Years

Ed Mazza | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
One of the friendly neighbors of "Sesame Street" is leaving town. Sonia Manzano, who has portrayed the character Maria since 1971, is retiring. The actress made the announcement on Monday at the American Library Association's annual conference, held this year in San Francisco:

Meet The Obscure Exclamation Comma: Because Excitement Can Happen In The Middle Of A Sentence

Dominique Mosbergen | July 2, 2015 | Arts
World, meet the exclamation comma -- the punctuation mark you didn’t know existed, but that you almost certainly need in your life. The exclamation comma is, as its name suggests, a symbol that looks like an exclamation point, only with a comma instead of a period at its base....

Billy Joel Sets Record For Most Performances By A Single Artist At Madison Square Garden

Jade Walker | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John. The Piano Man was full of energy as he performed for a feverish crowd of all ages in New York City...

This Man's Brilliant Obituary Is Just 2 Words Long

Dominique Mosbergen | July 2, 2015 | Media
North Dakota newspaper The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead ran what is certainly one of the shortest obituaries ever published. Accompanying a photograph and name of local resident Douglas Legler, the obit, which ran Wednesday, had just two simple words: “Doug died.” 'Doug...

Lindsey Graham Joins Chorus Of Donald Trump Critics

Samantha-Jo Roth | July 2, 2015 | Politics
FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday criticized Donald Trump’s recent controversial remarks about immigrants, claiming Trump's statements reflect poorly on the real estate mogul turned Republican presidential candidate. “What Trump said says more about Trump than anybody else,” Graham, a fellow contender for the 2016 Republican...

The 'Dinosaur Turtle' That Freaked Everyone Out Is An Alligator Snapping Turtle

Ed Mazza | July 2, 2015 | Weird News
A creature that looks like a miniature dinosaur, complete with spikes and a pointy beak, crawled out of a river in the Russian Far East and into the nightmares of many who saw images of it on social media. The spiked turtle was found on the banks of the Amur...

Captain Of TransAsia Plane Switched Off Only Working Engine Just Before Deadly Crash: Report

Reuters | July 2, 2015 | World
* "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle" - pilot * Forty-three people killed when plane crashed into river * Pilot failed May 2014 simulator training * "Insufficient knowledge about how to deal with engine flame-out" (Adds details from report, comment from TransAsia, paragraphs 9, 20-24) By Faith Hung and Siva Govindasamy...

Bernie Sanders Draws His Biggest Crowd Yet In Progressive Stronghold

Mollie Reilly | July 1, 2015 | Politics
When it comes to filling a venue, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is not exactly 2016's underdog. Sanders, who is running as a progressive alternative to presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, spoke Wednesday at Madison's Alliant Energy Center, which seats 10,231 people. The campaign had expected...

England's Devastating Last-Minute Own Goal Sends Japan To World Cup Final

AP | July 2, 2015 | Sports
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the...

Bernie Sanders Blasts Greece's Creditors

Daniel Marans | July 1, 2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attacked the International Monetary Fund and European authorities on Wednesday for imposing what he called excessive austerity measures on Greece in negotiations over the country’s debt payments. “It is unacceptable that the International Monetary Fund and European policymakers have refused to work with the Greek...

Donald Trump Goes After Immigrants Again, Claiming To Have Facts

Michael McLaughlin | July 2, 2015 | Latino Voices
Presidential candidate Donald Trump painted himself further into a corner Wednesday by spewing another batch of anti-immigrant rhetoric on CNN. In rambling remarks from a phone interview scheduled to air Wednesday night, Trump blamed immigrants for "mind-boggling" rape statistics. "Well if you look at the statistics of people...

Obama Administration Rebuffs D.C.'s Efforts To Bring Back The Redskins

Andrew Hart | July 1, 2015 | Politics
Efforts to lure the Washington Redskins back to the District have come up against a potentially insurmountable challenge: the Obama administration’s objections to the team’s name.

A Wedding Photog Slipped While Taking A Picture And The Result Is Priceless

Kelsey Borresen | July 2, 2015 | Weddings
Photographer Chase Richardson slipped and fell while he was in the middle of taking bridal party pictures at a wedding last June. Poor guy! Fortunately, though, his wedding fail was not in vain because it resulted in this excellent photo: Credit:

Whole Foods Co-CEOs Admit To Overcharging Customers

Joe Satran | July 1, 2015 | Taste
Consumer trust in Whole Foods Market was shattered last week when a New York City government investigation revealed that the supermarket had been systematically overcharging customers for packaged foods since at least 2010. At first, Whole Foods representatives stridently denied the claims -- but today, company executives admitted...

20 Reasons To Celebrate Being Single This Independence Day

Brittany Wong | July 1, 2015 | Divorce
Those of us who are newly divorced have something extra to celebrate this Fourth of July: The freedom to do exactly as we please now that we're single again! (Also: the freedom to take up the entire bed. That's a major win.) Below,

Saying Goodbye To The Things That Made June Another Ridiculous Month On The 2016 Campaign Trail

Jason Linkins | July 1, 2015 | Politics
Well, kids, another month of presidential electioneering is in the books. We've made it to July of 2015, and what a frabjous day it is for our nation. At this point, just about everyone who is going to try to run for president in the 2016 election cycle is in...

California Just Cut Its Water Use In A Major Way

Lydia O'Connor | July 2, 2015 | Politics
In the households of drought-stricken California, something finally clicked. This May, the last month in which water conservation was voluntary, urban water users consumed 28.9 percent less water than in May 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday. This surpasses the 25 percent mandatory cutbacks...